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Hammers Over the Anvil (1993)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Romance | 22 July 1994 (Australia)
This is the story of the crippled young Alan Marshall and his hero worship of the local he-man horse trainer East Driscoll, the schoolboy crush Alan has on the local aristocratic English ... See full summary »

Director:

Ann Turner

Writers:

Alan Marshall (stories), Peter Hepworth (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotte Rampling ... Grace McAlister
Russell Crowe ... East Driscoll
Alexander Outhred Alexander Outhred ... Alan Marshall
Frankie J. Holden Frankie J. Holden ... 'Bushman' Marshall
Jake Frost Jake Frost ... Joe Carmichael (as Jake D. Frost)
Alethea McGrath Alethea McGrath ... Mrs. Bilson
John Rafter Lee John Rafter Lee ... Charles McAlister (as John Lee)
Frank Gallacher Frank Gallacher ... Mr. Thomas the Preacher
Amanda Douge ... Nellie Bolster
Kirsty McGregor ... Elsie Marshall
Daphne Grey Daphne Grey ... Mrs. Herbert
Caroline Kemp Caroline Kemp ... Lucy Taylor
Sam Nightingale Sam Nightingale ... Freckles Jack
Syd Brisbane Syd Brisbane ... Duke the Dance Caller
Peter Osborn Peter Osborn ... Father Finnegan
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This is the story of the crippled young Alan Marshall and his hero worship of the local he-man horse trainer East Driscoll, the schoolboy crush Alan has on the local aristocratic English beauty Grace McAlister and the affair that young Alan witnesses developing between Grace and East. Things inevitably take a turn towards the tragic when East becomes determined to force Grace to leave her husband and run away with him. Written by etherealtb

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From the producer of "THE HEARTBREAK KID", and based on the writings of celebrated author, ALAN MARSHALL (I Can Jump Puddles), comes an unforgettable story of passion, courage and discovery. See more »


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1994 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Az erdőlakó fia See more »

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Budget:

AUD 4,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The movie's screenplay combined twenty-one short stories adapted from source novelist Alan Marshall's writings and all under the one same title of 'Hammers over the Anvil'. See more »

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Muck masquerading as art
15 July 2001 | by jmgannonSee all my reviews

I wonder if "Hammers Over the Anvil" author Alan Marshall could conceive there would one day be a film version of his book that opened with a grinning pubescent version of himself watching a grown man with a Peter Pan complex frolic naked in the water with horses, intermittently straddling and splaying himself across their backs. On the other hand, it gives hope to actresses like Traci Lords that they might one day go on to achieve success in legitimate films, like Russell Crowe, despite this naked exposure, has done.

Seriously, I chose to rent this video because of Crowe's inclusion in the cast, and knew ahead of time there was some nudity, but jeesh! The opening scene was tame compared to the rest of the film. Have these Aussies not heard that less is more? How about some subtle lighting and shadow play? I may as well have been standing in a barnyard watching a bunch of rutting farm animals have at it. The grunting and groaning alone sufficed; the viewer didn't need to be hit over the head with the visuals.

The secondary plot of young Alan trying to overcome the challenge of his polio inflicted legs so he could one day mount a horse was lost. Instead, the muck masquerading as an adolescent's "coming of age" became the focus of this movie. A shame for a work by a classic author like Marshall.


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